Water intensive industries face multiple challenges in their effort to navigate stricter standards for environmental stewardship, increasing water scarcity and the need to reduce water consumption while improving process efficiency. As a result, membrane filtration and separation solutions are becoming more important than ever across multiple market sectors. Filtration is used for applications ranging from treating industrial wastewater to purifying food products. Separation technologies are employed to selectively concentrate, clarify and purify liquids and gases. They are also increasingly being used to recover high value products and reagents from waste streams.
Today, the principal markets for Cerahelix ceramic nanofiltration are:
Food and beverage
The food and beverage processing & manufacturing industry is among the top three industrial users of water. It also generates wastewater streams that are highly loaded with organic and non-organic contaminants presenting significant challenges. This sector includes meat processing, aquaculture, dairy production, juice production, breweries and fruit & vegetable processing.
In the United States and Europe alone there are over 300,000 existing food & beverage manufacturing facilities that produce more than 1 billion gallons of wastewater a day. In response to increasing regulation and environmental sustainability initiatives, there is a strong trend in this market sector to reduce wastewater disposal and improve environmental stewardship through increased water treatment and reuse. Our membranes provide a cost-effective solution for our clients to meet these challenges.
This sector includes textiles, pulp and paper, consumer goods, heavy manufacturing, energy production, mining and chemical manufacturing. Wastewater generated by this sector can be some of the most challenging to treat given its aggressive chemical characteristics and high temperatures involved. This makes ceramic membranes particularly well suited for treatment of these wastewater streams.
This market segment encompasses drug and supplement manufacturers that utilize membranes for both filtration and separation applications. Many biopharma manufacturing processes generate wastewater with high organic concentrations requiring multi-stage treatment systems. Ceramic nanofiltration membranes are particularly well suited for these waste streams and can significantly reduce treatment costs.
Separation and concentration applications in biopharma often involve extreme (either hot or cold) temperatures and aggressive solvents making ceramic membranes ideal due to their long-term durability in harsh environments.